This paper argues that openness is especially relevant at this point in time because policy choices made in the near term will shape future societies. Only with a proper understanding, both theoretically and empirically, can we hope to influence policy in a pro development direction. This paper is a first step in improving our understanding of the concept of openness and its implications for ICT4D.

Working Draft Version dated 18 November 2008

Matthew Smith
Nathan J Engler
Gideon Christian
Kathleen Diga
Ahmed Rashid
Kathleen Flynn-Dapaah
© International Development Research Centre, 2008, 36 pages